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Why Are My Veins So Visible?

Veins can appear on your face, legs, or other areas, affecting your confidence. Your New York Skin & Vein Center team provides vein treatment options. We specialize in vein treatments that address medical and cosmetic vein issues. 

Why Are My Veins So Visible?

When you see a vein, you see the blood inside it, which can look red, blue, or purple. This blood can become visible when veins stretch or bulge, thinning their walls. Visible veins usually exist in areas like the legs where veins are strained as they transport blood against gravity back toward the heart. They can also occur on the face for a variety of reasons. 

If you have visible veins, we recommend an assessment by a vein expert like Dr. Dohner. He will diagnose the underlying causes and provide appropriate treatment to improve your appearance and protect your venous health. Visible leg veins can indicate an underlying condition that requires treatment. 

What Causes Visible Veins?

Many factors contribute to the appearance of visible veins. These may include:

  • Hormones
  • Aging
  • Long periods of standing or sitting
  • Genetics
  • Smoking
  • Obesity

All these factors contribute to the primary cause of visible veins. They can all cause blood to pool in your leg veins, stressing the valves that keep blood from flowing backward. Weakening these valves causes blood to back into other veins, stretching them. This pooled blood also bulges these stretched veins, giving them a twisted or rope-like appearance. 

How are Leg Veins Treated?

Appropriate treatment for your visible veins depends on their underlying cause and other factors. Dr. Dohner offers a range of leg vein treatments to meet your needs. He may treat your visible veins using methods including:

Endovenous Laser Treatments (EVLT)

This laser treatment treats varicose veins by treating the damaged veins that feed into them. It uses a pulse of laser energy to damage the vein, causing it to close. The visible veins will fade over the following weeks or months, depending on their size, color, and your body’s response. 

Varithena and Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy

Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy can treat problem veins under the skin by injecting a sclerosing foam called Varithena. This foam irritates the vein walls, causing them to collapse. Sclerotherapy can also be used to treat many spider veins. 

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

This treatment for surface veins produces immediate results by removing the vein. Dr. Dohner makes freckle-sized openings and uses special tools to pull out a section of the vein. This makes the vein disappear immediately without waiting for it to fade. 

Consultations Available Now

The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with one of our highly trained providers at New York Skin & Vein Center located in Oneonta, NY, serving the surrounding New York City areas with additional offices in Norwich, Binghamton, and Cobleskill.

Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment. Your journey to a healthier, happier you can start today.

Will I Have Any Downtime After Vein Treatment?

Vein treatment generally have little downtime. Dr. Dohner will give your specific instructions based on your treatment. In most cases, light activity such as walking benefits your recovery. You may be instructed to wear a compression stocking to help the treated veins close and redirect blood flow. 


*Individual Results May Vary

Dr. Dohner and his team strive to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses their practice for their aesthetic and vein needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Dohner and his team of expert providers at New York Skin & Vein Center in New York.

Take the Next Step

To schedule your in-person leg vein treatment consultation, call New York Skin & Vein Centers at (607) 431-2525 or simply fill out the form on this page. We look forward to working with you. 

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